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Ron Rivera Spoke To Carson Wentz Before Drafting A QB

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera.

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 25: Head coach Ron Rivera of the Washington Football Team reacts after a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at FedExField on October 25, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The Washington Commanders made some headlines when they selected UNC QB Sam Howell with the first pick of the fifth round Saturday.

After the Colts gave up on him, Wentz found a new home in Washington. And head coach Ron Rivera reportedly wanted to assure their new QB that Howell's pick was developmental.

Per the Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala, "Ron Rivera said he talked to Carson Wentz before they drafted Sam Howell and told him the pick was all about developing the rookie."

Given how Wentz's career has unfolded dating back to his days in Philadelphia, it's not hard to see why Rivera wouldn't want to shake the QB's confidence.

Going into the draft, no one could've predicted that Howell would last past the third round. However, he fell even further than that.

Had Howell entered with last year's crop, he likely would've been selected in the first round. But, a dip in production this past season and a disappointing year for UNC gave scouts and personnel people some pause.

We'll see how his career pans out. But, it's a very good value pick for Washington.